With temperatures plummeting in the eastern states and winter knocking on our doors you might think it’s a good time to batten down the hatches and do as much hibernating inside as you can. However, there is a better choice. With some clever thinking and a little investment, your outdoor living area can become a haven that’s just as useful in the cold months as it is at other times of the year.
An outdoor living area for all-year-round
First off, when it comes to making your outdoor living area more comfortable in the colder weather, heating is only part of the solution (we will look at heaters below). You also need to think about how to keep the heat you generate inside your outdoor living area and how to keep cold temperatures and freezing winds out.
If you’re considering building a new outdoor living area it’s best to consider the colder months well before work begins. If you have a choice, it will be better to build your patio, verandah or pergola on a side of the house which isn’t generally exposed to winter winds and captures the winter sun a good part of the day.
You should also consider installing outdoor blinds on your outdoor living area, as outdoor blinds are excellent at keeping heat in and the cold out. Of course, this is something you can do on an existing outdoor living area as well as a new one.
Heaters for your outdoor living area
When it comes to heaters, there’s a wide range of options to choose from, from the relatively inexpensive and simple to the expensive and elaborate. The best option for your outdoor living area will depend on how often you will use the heating and of course your budget.
Inexpensive options include portable gas patio heaters and freestanding electric heaters. If you’re looking for ambience as well as heat, you should definitely consider the range of fire pits and chimeneas on offer. While you can stretch the budget if you want, there are many fire pits and chimeneas that won’t cost the earth.
If you’re planning on spending more time in your outdoor living area and have a slightly bigger budget, options include wall or ceiling mounted gas heaters that are hooked into your home’s gas system, or wall or ceiling mounted electric panels. Or, for the very best, outdoor heaters similar to the ones you would install in your home are a great choice. They can be wood or gas powered and, as well as doing a great job of heating your outdoor living area, will look fantastic.
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